I live in Central Florida, about halfway between Orlando and Daytona Beach. I haven’t seen a real fall/autumn season since my youngest sister was in college. She had a swim meet in North Carolina and my parents and middle sister and I went to it. That was quite a while ago.
My daughter recently moved to northern California and will have a real autumn this year. If it wasn’t for one big problem (that which I don’t want to name tonight), I would go out there for a long weekend to see the leaves. As it is, I will just have to enjoy creating Thanksgiving cards for now.
Here’s my card for the #256 challenge:
The stamp sets I used were the Rooted in Nature and Autumn Greetings.
If you think there might be a difference between this card and the one on the Design Team page for C4G, you are correct. I knew something was off with the first card and couldn’t figure out what. As I was typing the measurements below, I realized I should have used Very Vanilla for the background on the front of the card. I’ll show you how I fixed that accident below.
- The card base is Cajun Craze trimmed to 4-1/4 inches by 11 inches, scored at 5-1/2 inches.
- I trimmed a piece of Crushed Curry to 4-1/8 inches by 5-3/8 inches for the mat.
- Next, I trimmed two pieces of the speckled DSP. The one on the front of the card measures 1-7/8 inches by 5 inches. I trimmed another piece for the envelope flap to 2-1/2 inches by 6 inches.
- The Very Vanilla piece on the top background measures 3-1/8 inches by 5 inches. Originally, I had a piece of Whisper White for the background. Since I didn’t want to recreate the card, I had to figure out how to fix my mistake without starting over. Here’s a picture showing how I did that:
- I also used Very Vanilla on the inside and that piece measures 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches.
- The acorn and two leaves next to the sentiment were punched out of the Gilded Autumn DSP. The Autumn Punch Pack of mini punches makes this a very simple task. Best of all – no fussy cutting! I just LOVE when punches and/or dies work on the DSP perfectly!
- In order to have a border between the top and the bottom, and without getting girly, I used linen thread wrapped around the speckled DSP three times and tied it in a square knot.
- The Stamp-aratus allowed me to be able to repeatedly stamp the greeting on the speckled DSP until I achieved the depth of color I wanted.
Instead of using ink pads to color the tree, I used Stamping Write Markers and my trusty Stamp-aratus. I could not have done it without that tool.
- First, I used Crumb Cake and Early Espresso to color the trunk of the tree on the stamp, then stamped it.
- I used the Crushed Curry marker to color the whole canopy of the tree for the first stamping.
- Next, I used the thin end of the Early Espresso marker and traced in the branched in the canopy. Using the yellow first really made it easier to see the branches.
- Then I used Pumpkin Pie andCajun Craze markers and randomly colored on the stamp, then pressed it down. I repeated that step and wound up with the colors you see on the front of the card. It reminds me of autumn trees from my childhood. The only thing missing is the big pile of raked leaves under the tree, just waiting for us to jump in it and then start raking again.
- I put dimensionals under the tree so it stands off the background. The Crushed Curry bottom mat peeks through under the tree.
- I used another sentiment from Autumn Greetings for the inside of the card.
- Since I didn’t want just a plain piece of cardstock, I used the speckle stamp from Forever Fern. I stamped it using Crumb Cake, and each time I inked, I stamped it three times. This really gives dimension to the speckles.
Finally, I adhered the speckled DSP to the envelope flap and trimmed it down. With that, I’d finished this card/envelope set.
By the time I finished typing all the directions, I’d decided that I needed to try this card again. I really think I can create a much better version, but know I can’t do that tonight.
Thank you so much for stopping by today.
I’d love to hear what you think, and greatly appreciate every comment.
Have a Peachy Day!
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